SAPHIR Program

UCLA South American Program in HIV Prevention Research Program

SAPHIR is currently accepting applications for 2023-24! See information and call for applications below or visit their website for more directions on how to apply.

We are excited to announce the call for applications for the 2023-24 South American Program in HIV Prevention Research (SAPHIR) training program. SAPHIR is a year-long training program in comprehensive HIV prevention research in Latin America for U.S. medical students and residents.  Trainees participate in a structured program of didactic education and practical research in one of the major fields of HIV prevention (Behavioral Prevention, Biomedical Prevention, Antiretroviral Therapy, Epidemiology, or Basic/Translational Science).  Each SAPHIR trainee is matched with mentors from UCLA and one of our collaborating international organizations in Lima, Peru (Asociacion Civil Impacta Salud y Educacion, Asociacion Civil Via Libre, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, and U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit 6), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Fundacao Oswaldo Cruz-Instituto de Pesquisa Clinica “Evandro Chagas”), or Porto Alegre, Brazil (Hospital Nostra Senhora da Conceicao).  After a 2-week introductory course in Los Angeles, SAPHIR trainees spend the majority of the year in Lima, Rio de Janeiro, or Porto Alegre where they work with their mentors in an individualized training program based on the design and analysis of a data analysis project and an independent research study in their specific area of prevention research.  In addition to mentored research, the program also includes a weekly educational series to provide didactic training in key areas of international research including Ethical Research Conduct, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Social, Behavioral, and Biomedical Aspects of HIV Prevention Research.  All trainees are provided with a stipend and round-trip transportation to their international site.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with a priority deadline of February 3rd, 2023.  For more information, please visit or write to us at The SAPHIR program is supported by the NIH/NIMH Grant Number R25 MH087222 (PI: J Clark).

Jesse Clark, MD, MSc
Program Director

Jordan Lake, MD, MSc
Program Co-Director

SAPHIR RFA 2023 - Call for Application